Wheaton’s National Moving Month Tip #8: Purge Your Possessions

8.  Get rid of unwanted items

Moving to a new place forces people to do things they might not have done before.  This includes a pack-rat’s worst nightmare: getting rid of unwanted items. This is especially difficult for people who have lived in the same place for several years.  If you’re like some, cleaning up is really just stuffing items in a closet and shutting the door, pretending like they don’t exist anymore.  Stuff just has the tendency to accumulate and stack up and until you’re forced to do something about it, it can remain untouched.

Instead of dreading this purging process, think of it as an opportunity.  You’ll have the chance to take a walk down memory lane and discover possessions you’d long since forgotten about.  You might even be able to make a little money out of the things that had formerly just been collecting dust on the top shelf of your closet.

There are many options for liquidating some of your junk.  You could plan a garage sale, sell to a consignment store, or simply donate to your local Goodwill or other thrift store.

Force yourself to devote a whole Saturday (or any day) to cleaning out your house and objectively go through your items.  Think about if you’ll really ever use them again.  If you haven’t used them in the last year at least, then they’re probably unwanted items and should be given away. The less your items weigh, the cheaper your move will be.

Check back in to our blog in a few weeks for a post on how to execute a successful garage sale.  Until then, you can satiate your appetite with more of Wheaton’s National Moving Month Tips.

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